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Transformers 3 stays in first with $47.1M; Horrible Bosses opens strong with $28.3M, Zookeeper soft at $20.1M

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon dropped 52% in its second weekend as it took in $47.103M. That’s a smaller second week decline than ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ which had dipped 61% in its second weekend and is only minimally below the second week drop of the original “Transformers” (-48%). The weekend gross puts the film’s cume at $261.079M making it the year’s top-grossing film (moving ahead of “The Hangover Part II” which cleared $250M this weekend).

The daily breakdown for ‘Dark of the Moon’ is as follows:

  • Fri: $14.843M
  • Sat: $18.327M (+24%)
  • Sun: $13.934M (-24%)

For comparison purposes, “Transformers” was at $224.010M by the close of its second weekend, while ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ was at $293.356M. At the moment, ‘Dark of the Moon’ looks like it’ll close its domestic run with between $350-375M.

Worldwide ‘Dark of the Moon’ is now at $645.079M with $384M from foreign markets.

Debuting in second place with a solid $28.302M was the Warner Brothers R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses. Zookeeper, meanwhile, debuted softer than expected (and more than $10M below Kevin James’ last film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”–$31.833M) with $20.066M.

Here are the individual day performances for both films:

  • Horrible Bosses — Fri: $9.882M, Sat: $10.392M (+5%), Sun: $8.028M (-23%)
  • Zookeeper — Fri: $7.365M, Sat: $7.518M (+2%), Sun: $5.182M (-31%)

Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Cars 2 in fourth place with $15.212M ($148.832M cume) and Bad Teacher in fifth place with $8.914M ($78.672M cume).

Click over the jump for more selected box office highlights:

  • As noted previously, The Hangover Part II lost its #1 ranking for the year, but did cross the $250M mark this weekend with $1.198M ($250.817M cume). Despite performing weaker domestically than its predecessor ($277.323M), ‘The Hangover Part II’ has reversely done considerably better overseas (“The Hangover” did $190.161M foreign for $467.484M worldwide) and is at $561.217M worldwide ($310.4M foreign).
  • Green Lantern just barely remained in the top 10 in its third weekend with a 10th place $3.147M ($109.731M). Foreign grosses are even weaker, with just $33.3M (as of July 3) for an incredibly disappointing $143.031M worldwide. With a production budget of $200M and marketing at an estimated $75-100M, Warner Brothers has lost a lot of money with this potential franchise-starter. At this point, it’ll be lucky to cross $200-250M worldwide.